Mark Webber was at the centre of one of the most captivating chapters in the history of Formula One. In 2010, while racing for Red Bull, he and his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, went head to head for the world championship. There could be only one winner.
Since retiring from Formula One, Mark has concentrated on endurance racing, including the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race. He hit the front pages of newspapers around the world in December 2014 when he slammed into the barricades in the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in South America and was lucky to escape with his life.
But the controversy of his relationship on and off the track with Vettel, who went on to win multiple world titles, has never been far beneath the surface. Here, for the first time, Webber tells the inside story of one of Formula One's most intriguing battles - it is a story that goes to the heart of why the sport is loved by millions of fans around the world.
In his trademark straight-talking, no-nonsense style, Mark reveals his amazing life on and off the Formula One racetrack, from his first taste of karting to his F1 debut in 2002, from scoring Minardi's first points in three years at the Australian Grand Prix through to his first win with Red Bull at the 2009 German Grand Prix and the year he should have been crowned world champion. Mark Webber's journey to the top of Formula One was every bit as determined and committed as his racing. Aussie Grit is his searingly honest story.
Includes a foreword by Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart.
©2016 Mark Webber (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Boggy of Bucks
I love F1 and always liked Webber. It is a shame that he didn't narrate his own book because Osmond does not have the charisma of a racer and his delivery is pedestrian. I assume this is why Webber's story was a bit more of a yawn that it might have been. Certainly Mark would not gave mispronounced so many, mainly French, names and places wrong.
Great story, very well put together. The man achieved so much and time and time again it seemed it was all going to fall apart. The greatest struggles where political and financial but he came through on the track. Fair play, great book.
If you like F1, this is a great read about the steps it takes to reach the pinnacle of motorsport, especially for an Australian, where geography, support, and recognition are obstacles he had to face over his European counterparts.
I nearly teared up when he was going through his first F1 win, as you had heard the journey he had to battle to get there.
The performance was a bit up and down, some parts he sounds like he's reading off a cue card, or they replaced him with a robot.
Enjoyed it ! found out a few things I didn't know and although I already held Mark in high esteem,found this book highlights just what a great competitor he was in F1 but also as a person driven by a goal and the love for his manager his dogs and what shaped his career path .
"this story change my perspective of Mark Webber."
I used to really like Mark Webber, now I realize he is just a dumb jock. he blames everyone else for his performances and wouldn't be in the racing position he has been if it wasn't for his partner Ann. the story definitely was not written by him.
"Avid F1 fan; loved it!"
I follow F1 very closely and started watching right around the time Mark got in to F1. It was a fantastic book! It was neat to hear familiar names in the current F1 era and about Mark's pre-F1 journey.
Great story for anyone who has any interest in formula 1. Hearing the baxk story is awesome.
I have enjoyed seeing Mark Webber on TV for many years now in Formula One and the WEC. While this book is very interesting and informative I have found it more inspirational than anything. I believe any true racing fan will enjoy this book as much as I have.
Marks journey before, during, and post formula 1 should inspire anyone both in Motorsport or outside of it. A true talent with grit and all. Brilliant performance Mark. Well done!
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